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Firefighters struggle to find woman in cluttered house blaze

4 months 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, January 05 2021 Jan 5, 2021 January 05, 2021 8:25 AM January 05, 2021 in News
Source: Associated Press

BUNKIE, La. (AP) — A woman died in a fire in a house so cluttered that firefighters had a hard time finding her, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release Monday.

Officials said Bunkie firefighters “had to work through excessive contents inside of the home, not only to locate the victim, but to extinguish” the fire.

Firefighters found the woman’s body in a bedroom after the fire was put out Saturday afternoon, the release said. The woman has not been officially identified but is believed to be the 66-year-old homeowner.

Officials determined the fire originated in the attic. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire and officials said they cannot rule out a possible electrical malfunction.

“The State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind Louisiana residents how important it is to keep exits clear for quick access in the event of an emergency like fire,” the statement said. “This is important not only for everyone in your home to get out, but for first responders to get in to conduct rescues and to preserve as much of your property as possible, without being trapped or harmed.”

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